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Default The Kelly File: One Choke After Another

While I knew that Chip Kelly had never won "the big one" while at Oregon, I never knew that his legacy of choking in big games was as extensive as it was until I researched it.

Below is a chronicle of Kelly's many chokes; and since Dante saw fit to divide his Inferno into nine circles, I have devised a scale of nine different "circles" of choking. From least to most serious, they rank:

Minimal Choke
Mild Choke
Moderate Choke
Marked Choke
Severe Choke
Profound Choke
Massive Choke
Extreme Choke
Exceptional Choke

Here is the "choke sheet" on Kelly, with ratings, as per the above scale, for each one (Oregon and opponent's record going into the game, and poll ranking going into the game, shown in parentheses).

2009: November 17 - Oregon (7-1, #7) at Stanford (5-3, unranked). Oregon was 15-point favorite. Final score: Stanford 51, Oregon 42. Profound Choke

2010: January 10 (2011) - Oregon (12-0, #1 CS, #2 AP) vs. Auburn (13-0, #2 CS, #1 AP). BCS Championship. Final score: Auburn, 22, Oregon 19. Mild Choke

2011: November 19 - USC (8-2, on probation) at Oregon (9-1, #4). Oregon was 14-point favorite. Final score: USC 38, Oregon 35. Marked Choke

2012: November 17 - Stanford (8-2, #14) at Oregon (10-0, #1; Oregon had scored 42 or more points in all 10 games). Oregon was 15-point favorite. Final score: Stanford 17, Oregon 14, OT. Extreme Choke

And if anything, Kelly has gotten even worse since coming to the Eagles:

2013: December 15 - Philadelphia at Minnesota. Vikings were without their starting quarterback and top two running backs. Eagles opened as 4-point favorites, line moved to 7 by kickoff. Final score: Minnesota, 48, Philadelphia 30. EXCEPTIONAL CHOKE

January 4 (2014) - New Orleans at Philadelphia. NFC Wild Card playoffs. Saints had never won playoff game on the road in franchise history, and were without their top running back. Eagles allowed 104.2 yards rushing per game during regular season (ranked 10th in NFL) Saints rushed for 185 yards, with temperature of 25 degrees (wind chill 19) at kickoff. Final score: New Orleans 26, Philadelphia 24. Massive Choke

2014: December 14 - Dallas at Philadelphia: Already having beaten the Cowboys 33-10 on the road on Thanksgiving Day, the Eagles lose 38-27 at home. Severe Choke

December 20 - Philadelphia at Washington: Still alive in both the NFC East and the wild card race and facing a 3-11 team, Kelly declined to bench cornerback Bradley Fletcher despite the three touchdowns for which he was burned for by Dez Bryant in the above game; and Fletcher ended up getting burned by DeSean Jackson, who Kelly didn't want around, for 51- and 55-yard catches, with Washington scoring touchdowns on both drives. Also, Eagles kicker Cody Parkey, who entering the game was 29-for-31, with the two misses coming in separate games in which he went 3-for-4 and 5-for-6, went 1-for-3 here, including a miss from 34 yards. Extreme Choke

Therefore, the evidence is both overwhelming, and incontrovertible:

Kelly is not just a choke artist, but a serial choke artist.

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